Inyatsi Group Holdings and its CEO, Tommy Strydom, have both been nominated for SA Professional Services Awards, at the third edition of the event in February 2018. Inyatsi was nominated as one of five finalists for the Best Firm in the Construction class of the Built Environment category, and Tommy Strydom was nominated as one of five finalists for the Professional of the Year in the Construction class of the Built Environment category
Judges’ comment: “Tommy’s interview responses demonstrate a professional who can be a sterling example for many in the industry. His loyalty to Inyatsi is heart-warming in an industry where many are known to hop around, including a number of other award entrants. That he counts not seeing his family often enough as a low demonstrates that he is a professional who prioritises work-life balance. Additionally, it is noteworthy that he represents the company and region at the World Economic Forum ”
Judges’ comment: “Inyatsi Construction is a deserving recipient given that the company is carving out its niche in a market that is dominated by giant multinationals. Entities with African roots should be given recognition for daring to push boundaries particularly in these tough economic times. One of the most powerful statements we have seen in this cycle??? comes from their ‘respect for human dignity, individual advancement and teamwork’.
Tommy Strydom joined Inyatsi in November 2009. He is a graduate of Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg, or UJ) where he obtained a BEng in civil engineering and then furthered his studies at UJ.
Prior to his current position, he worked mostly for construction companies. In 1997 he started as a site engineer at WBHO before progressing to contracts manager at Lonerock Construction in 2007. Soon afterwards, his expanding expertise in engineering enabled him to join Inyatsi Construction in 2009 as a contracts manager, later becoming GM for South Africa and Namibia and then MD of Inyatsi’s Mozambique subsidiary, NCC. During this time, he also became director of Inyatsi Botswana before becoming CEO of Inyatsi Group. He currently represents the Inyatsi Group on the World Economic Forum, where Inyatsi is one of only 1000 companies worldwide that are members of this exclusive forum.